Aging Church Living Grace has a paid for building in a highly visible location and a lot of cash in hand due to a large bequest of a deceased member. Their facility is attractive inside and out; their theology is reformed; their ministry is solidly Bible and Gospel centric; their pastor has lasted pasted the three year threshold and is well liked by the congregation. He has good elders who support him and his marriage is solid. He loves the word of God and works hard to make Jesus the center of his ministry. He loves his congregation but isn’t sure how to get them engaged with the community. His town is growing and the opportunities for ministry in the community are many.
The pastor has a teenage son, and their church recently added a family with three children under 11, two girls and a younger son. There are no other children in the church and the average age of the remaining congregation of about 40 members is 70+. Unless they get younger soon, the church’s days are numbered.
I’ve got some ideas for what they might do but I want to hear other ideas from my readers before I do. One thing before I leave it completely open to suggestions. If your plan doesn’t start with a significant amount of prayer, go back to the drawing board. Think of steps to take;
- ways to engage the community;
- ways to motivate the congregation;
- how they can attract younger families;
- ways they might partner with other churches inside and outside their denomination.
I look forward to hearing any and all ideas. By the way, with minor adjustments, tens of thousands of churches in America fit this profile in both urban, suburban and rural communities. I’m not interested so much in critique or affirmation as I am in IDEAS of “what to do?”